first name


Definition of first name

: the name that stands first in one's full name

Examples of first name in a Sentence

Children at the school call their teachers by their first names. the parents still haven't picked a first name for the baby
Recent Examples on the Web As a result, some teenagers are identified by first initial only; some of their parents are identified by first name or initial. New York Times, 10 May 2022 On her first trip to the hospital, Jean (Bloomberg is not using Jean’s real first name, at her family’s request) had to wait a week in the ER before getting a psychiatric bed. Carey Goldberg, Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2022 This story was corrected to show that Pelosi is second in line to the presidency, not third, and corrects the spelling of the Ukrainian president's first name to Volodymyr. Vanessa Gera, ajc, 1 May 2022 Although Lauderdale County officials spelled her first name Vicki, an Alabama Law Enforcement Agency alert and a 2016 article spelled it Vicky. William Thornton |, al, 29 Apr. 2022 His first name production placements came in 2018 and 2019 with Wale and Young M.A. A.d. Amorosi, Variety, 27 Apr. 2022 Dodgers fans chanted Freeman’s first name throughout the series, rightly sensing the support would help him. Peter Abraham,, 23 Apr. 2022 Helm later changed the spelling of his first name to Levon. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 10 Apr. 2022 But Thede, who got her first name due to her father’s affinity for Robin Williams, had a performative edge from a young age. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of first name

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of first name was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

13 May 2022

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“First name.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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